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Over the past 20 years, Franco Loja and Arjan Roskam, known as the "Kings of Cannabis," have made millions of dollars scouring the world for unique strains of weed to breed and then sell. Now, they've turned their sights on Equatorial Africa, specifically the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as their next gold mine — and a way to revolutionize the cannabis industry. "Equatorial Africa is one the best preserved because of the wars, the lack of infrastructure, political unrest. All these situations created isolation there," Loja explained. "So that's where we're going." Loja and Roskam built their global powerhouse on inbred strains of cannabis called "landraces" that they've collected from all over the world — Argentina, Australia, and Brazil, just to name a few spots. Without these strains, the duo's various breeding enterprises, Amsterdam coffeeshops, and even distribution centers wouldn't exist. VICE News met up with the “Kings of Cannabis” for a trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to hunt for one of the rarest species of Cannabis yet, the original Congolese landrace. Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideo #VICEonHBO
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VICE News (1 year ago)
VICE News met up with the “Kings of Cannabis” for a trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to hunt for one of the rarest species of Cannabis yet, the original Congolese landrace. WATCH NEXT: This Is What An Ivory Bust In New York City Looks Like - http://bit.ly/2uKZI8K
street boxing (1 day ago)
+VILKAZzzz hff go
benf mhembere (2 days ago)
VICE News but ay vicd you had to give that chief at least $500 a chief
Miguel Zapata (7 days ago)
what is the song in 1:30 ??
Cameron Santiago (15 days ago)
it's been a couple of years now... where's this elusive landrace strain at??? y'all got it ready for sale yet???
rigaud hyacinthe (20 days ago)
+Xdray Gul were you there? Do you have proof to back your allegations?
Aaron Allen (5 hours ago)
Take everything from our people
ernk75 (13 hours ago)
typical lol they stand to make millions and the guy goes we wont give any of it to the villagers smh then in the same breath tries to come across as righteous, we will make medications but yet one guy succumbs to malaria huh in 2018. guess you cant hide what's in your heart from the big guy.
Sanjin M (15 hours ago)
RIP Franco
wallmaan (15 hours ago)
I used to like this duo but i lost tons of respect when he answered the question about earnings with a smirky laugh in his face! They shouldve given them alot more money for coming there exploiting they’re plants!
Nuckled t (19 hours ago)
u know Im conservative German.. but I would never let me hat poor black guy carry me above that mud. Moral relativism is the word. They have rules and we have rules. Same people who like slavery.
YipA YipA (21 hours ago)
Was not expecting that guy to die
Lucas M. (1 day ago)
Nature hits back, always.
The Dreamer (1 day ago)
When you thought slavery has ended then you see an grown ass man being carried by a child😕
Corey Brown (1 day ago)
He gave the chiefs an police a couple of hundred dollars for a billion dollar investment🤔💭... Whos zoomn who??😩
Mike Stevens (1 day ago)
It's not essentially white folks , smart folks got more choices it's Western education , data is open , info is power , real over really bugs me , Africa is still a mess , sad and wrong ,
The Motorsport (1 day ago)
He died shortly after this r.i.p Franco
coachduece (1 day ago)
Those seeds costed Franco his life... That's wild
robert lucero (1 day ago)
I wanna do something like this one day
Jacqueline Earley (1 day ago)
I pray you left some of your "millions" where you picked seeds from some extremely impoverished looking communities...hmmm?
Jacqueline Earley (1 day ago)
Are the drums deliberately amped up to instill "white fear of black Congo" syndrome? Then you ease into rasta music which is relieving the stress. I still only trust a rasta source of the divine plant. Caucasians have scientifically altered the natural plant. You have chemical offsprings. The result will be zombies formed from ghost weed.
Krox Drox (1 day ago)
Those guys are real assholes. I mean the grown men got carried over the mud by a child....
Offonoff Trbl (1 day ago)
Rip Franco
Charles Kiminza (1 day ago)
thats karma why he died, u cant take what doesnt belong to you
Police rus (1 day ago)
Rest with peace
Travis Palmteer (2 days ago)
Colonial. Capitalism. Commercial. he looks at a seed & sees his greed
SunRise SunRise (2 days ago)
53 dollars really wtf you are so cheap making billions and giving him 53 dollars shame on you
Spectonimous (2 days ago)
Had to dislike this video. Colonialism is still going on today. They need a business agent to negotiate better deals
Peep Shagolsem69 (2 days ago)
D king of Ganja found in Manipur plz come n visit !!!
Jim Dandy (2 days ago)
hamilton not built for this kind of life. stick to the shrooms and acid
Head-Word Snowed-in (2 days ago)
Another story of white men exploiting African Resources.
STOP DRAMA (2 days ago)
7:56 Too High Bruh
elizaberth mupereri (2 days ago)
My favourite VICE reporter
jeffrey gosse (3 days ago)
R.I.P Franco thanks for creating all these amazing strains and doing your best to help the world.You will be missed.
Gavin Stern (3 days ago)
Anyone that says cannabis is a drug they are crazy
Yogie Methakar (3 days ago)
Anyone knows about the last music piece or song at the end??? Merci beacoup
#Noname vids (3 days ago)
What I got some of those seeds last year on a trip it was nuts 😆
NoobzNationTv (3 days ago)
This man didnt die of malaria. In my belief he had to be assasinated by the government . The goverment kills the guy with a potential cure for diabetes or obesity. The goverment needs people to die and to get sick because if theres a cure they loose money in medicine,funerals,hospital fees etc. Plus they dont wanna over populate.
drei aquino (3 days ago)
7:56 yoink!
Blue Boxer (3 days ago)
Put back some profits to the ppl it came from or your get bad karma as seen tips
Peter Romell (4 days ago)
Weed migrated from India. Yeah we get good shit here
zombie julian11 (4 days ago)
For some rich people there pretty greedy to people who have barley anything 😑
Laurel Mitchell (4 days ago)
Another example of people being taken advantage of by the rich.. That man is a millinaire.. and that was alm he could give to the villagers...
Right of the Leaf (4 days ago)
This was an unbelievable story. RIP to Franco who passed on for the betterment of both cannabis and everyone.
Robert Harrison (4 days ago)
R.I.P Franco a true marijuana legend,pioneer,activist and king of cannabis!
Victor Nicula Andrei (4 days ago)
don't u guys think that the weed growing outdoor in Jamaica and in this regions all natural gives u a different type of high compared to indoor weed like Amsterdam and stuff?isn't it more mellow?
Chris H (4 days ago)
As the skinny fucker says,we need seeds,to smuggle back to Holland,grow and cross strain,make millions,and rip Africa off again!
Justin Cha (5 days ago)
so thcv makes you starve your self with out knowing it??
Alex DeMoulin (5 days ago)
I love how the whole time he was like are you going to help these people once you make money off them, and he's says flat out no twice. This is what is wrong with this world everyone wants to make a dollar with someone else's goat and not give them anything. I guess I'm a dirty hippie, but I feel like this is not what weed was meant for, but the exact opposite. The free market is a double edged sword it both helps further technology and destroys humanity.
SALUT ça va? (5 days ago)
GOD NO SUPPORT THIEVES COLONIALIST MENTALITY ANYMORE THATS WHY. FRANCO..
Enrique Rice (5 days ago)
Everything is not as it seems
sophie (5 days ago)
im moving there!!!
Enrique Rice (5 days ago)
I hope they got Acapulco Gold in there
sophie (5 days ago)
8:37 what happened to him
Jyri Pisilä (5 days ago)
Carma
Good Eats (5 days ago)
So y’all just stole the resources from their land without giving reimbursement
The Underrated (4 days ago)
Good Eats apparently u didn’t watch the whole mf video
Nikko Nee (5 days ago)
Where did vice POOP 😂
SHTF ! (5 days ago)
Kings of modern day pilgrims. You don't have the right to hold license for a seed. Its natural. #mosantos sister company. #wtf 8:18
Ensar Dacić (5 days ago)
All that money but for nothing...shame
Wulfis (5 days ago)
Cant stand this fake attitude of the bald guy, calling everyone a bro and putting on his fake smile. He only has money in his head, you can see that.
cool little video. love the way it ended. this is what i got from this video, just because you have the money to go out and search and buy doesnt mean your suppose to have it. the karma of Africa is strong. 3 greedy multi millionaires goes in to a "third world country" looking for some thing that will make them even more wealthy. offer the couple villages they go through with 50$ to scavenge their land. and only 2 makes it out. hahaha, am i the only one that noticed that the chief of the first village only told that Rasta that nothing will happen to him, because its ancestors land. he didnt say nothing will happen to you and your group. the chief only blessed the rasta not the whole group. the chief knew what he was doing. he knew the value of his plants and he knew what type of plants they were. and am i the only one that noticed the village people looked at those 3 men like they were devils. franco got what was coming to him. he took some thing from africa that caused the people in that village to argue over, then left with a smile on his face. not caring about the political aspect of what he just started. maybe in the next life time you wont into greed. after all greed is one of the top sins i hope you fellas got a good trade, a couple hundred THCV seeds for franco's life.
Otto Salai (6 days ago)
Rest in Field, Franco!
Kaiser (6 days ago)
I don’t think the partners like each other
Jamel Chukwuma (6 days ago)
Steal stealing from the mother land I see....karma is real tho #blaessings
Cass Karo (6 days ago)
So is this when Franco died rip
2isAlfa (6 days ago)
This has too many things goin on, the fight for the possible value of the seeds, the picture of the white taking advantage of africa, BUT the return of franco and his dead get a plot twist very shady
Ever Moore (6 days ago)
These scumbags plot to make MILLIONS off of something they bought dirt cheap and plan to give ZERO towards helping the country and people who helped make it happen. So very typical and sad. STAY OUT OF INDIGENOUS LANDS!!!
the quasar (7 days ago)
African weed smoking midget wearing converse.
do jo (7 days ago)
53 dollars though and you millionaires.....oh my bad 103 dollars
Obi Ebuka (7 days ago)
I didn't expect the end at ALL
erick duarte (7 days ago)
Sad ending 😢
Zavier 1 (7 days ago)
I like the midget man, I'd just have him around to say jah at random times.
TheJudge243 (6 days ago)
Zavier 1 On God, 🙌🏾👏🏿
Tomasina Covell (7 days ago)
Can you imagine what Rammstein's song "Amerika" could be like if they had done that today instead of back in 2004? ):
Randol Aoun (8 days ago)
14:00 when you smoke the entire lab
GODZ LC (8 days ago)
RIP Franco
Corey Williams (8 days ago)
they are like, "we could make billions of these seeds." gives the chief 100 dollars
King Shango Sound (8 days ago)
Fukin cheapskate dutch millioner gives 100$ ffs even Id give more in this situation
Aditya Venkatesh (8 days ago)
On Jah? Drc: RASTAFARI
Mertsi Blomerus (8 days ago)
Rest in peace my G
Alex Taylor (8 days ago)
Dutty bloodclaat babylon .. smh pillage and commercialize under the guise of "helping others".. all yuh Franco.. karma that.. S.I.P
goh yongchuan (8 days ago)
Greediness took his life. Everything he got he couldn't take them away.
Infrequent Flyer (8 days ago)
did we just witness these guys colonise weed?
SuperNaturaali s (9 days ago)
MANS NOT HOT SKRIII BAPBAP
D Low (9 days ago)
To return to Congo and bless them with profit from the seeds is an honour to your work and the people of that region. Thats the difference between a good man and a greedy man. Not to profit the Congalese villages is makes this video a disgrace.
Make Money Online (9 days ago)
Paid with his life for stealing raw resources from the land.
Jay McMillon (7 days ago)
Jah was not pleased
YourKneesAreGrey (9 days ago)
7:24 - 7:39 I'm no expert, but I think that was just some juju rituals. Nothing to do with blessings
stephen burrows (9 days ago)
Using Rasta people and calling on jah name all in the name of exploxtation ,King Rastafari speaks of equal attainment ,judgement upon the earth !
xCodeh (9 days ago)
Rest in peace Franco Loja
lukas kofler (9 days ago)
it hurts to watch other people living ur dream
rckmisfits26 (9 days ago)
Stfu!!!! I want some
Primul Adrian (9 days ago)
Then they gave the locals some dutch seeds to ruin the original phenotypes of the landraces for anyone else trying to get them.
HOME ALONG PAG-ASA (9 days ago)
try here in the philippines
jimmy wrangles (9 days ago)
RIP Franco. You'll be missed.
Doozei (10 days ago)
that ending plot twist tho
WINTER TIME (10 days ago)
Lmaooo the dude looks high asff
Dirafv3 (10 days ago)
Wow u a stingy mf
abraham niang (10 days ago)
Rest in power Franco 🙏🏿
Jonathan Peña (10 days ago)
They simply went out there and paid a price for a product. A price that, mind you, was set by the natives themselves. Whatever amount the foreigners make out of it does not change the fact that it was a business transaction. I see no exploitative acts there. We need to slow down the outrage machine and gain some perspective.
Daniel Choi (10 days ago)
RIP.... Franco Loja damn
PirateTV.Bar (10 days ago)
Marco Bellandi-Delicatessen Seeds, has a Congolese line that he has inbreed for several generations. I think he said 4 in a on-line interview. He is hoarding it, to avoid the Cops. You have seen more than 1 per cent THCV, in clones that were stolen from me.
ABHISHEK 74 (10 days ago)
11:20 Slice of the cake
john barnes (10 days ago)
what a joke. they finally get to a field that has been flowering for 2 weeks and they called it mature. total fake bullshit. thanks vice
Oscar Leonardo (11 days ago)
So these guys make millions, buy yachts and don't rightly recompense the ones that gave them the keys to that success. Thieving bastards is what they are in my eyes.
King Tomo720 (11 days ago)
There needs to be a fair trade for weed lol
King Tomo720 (11 days ago)
Africa as a continent gets done so dirty man for endless amounts of years people go there and take the stuff of value and leave them with nothing to benefit their own pockets it’s so fucked up man

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